Arrogant government badly misreading community sentiment on coal seam gas
30 April 2012
The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham has warned the O’Farrell Government that it is badly misreading community sentiment on the conflict between mining and agriculture in what appears to be senior pro-mining Liberals riding roughshod over the National Party and the interests of country NSW.
In recent days:
- Resources Minister Chris Hartcher has attacked the NSW Farmers organised rally as a far left conspiracy. http://bit.ly/KnJL5a
- Planning Minister Brad Hazzard attacked the NSW Farmers Association and Country Women’s Association on ABC’s Country Hour program. http://bit.ly/Intvke
“Minister Hartcher is badly out of touch if he thinks community concern over mining’s impact on agriculture, the environment and water resources is some kind of conspiracy,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
“This kind of arrogant disregard for genuine community concern is the kind of thing we expected from NSW Labor in its dying days, but this exercise in hubris is only one year into the O’Farrell Government.
“It’s clear that senior pro-mining Liberals in the O’Farrell Government are running roughshod over whatever Nationals are left who truly wish to protect our land and water. The dissenting submission from the National Party to the Strategic Regional Land Use Policy consultation shows there are still some Nationals who want to protect the interests of country NSW, even if many National MPs are lining up with the big city Liberals to promote mining.
“There is a confluence of interest in protecting the land and water from mining. Farmers recognise the need to preserve these precious resources into the future, while environmentalists understand that farmers are important custodians of the land and water,” said Mr Buckingham.
A Galaxy Research poll conducted in August 2011 found 74% of people in NSW supported a moratorium on coal seam gas, with only 17% opposed. http://bit.ly/uU0kKb
Contact: Max Phillips – 9230 2202 or 0419 444 916